Children’s Sermon

Mark 4:26-34

Scattering Words

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Object suggested: A poster decorated with meaningful words that support the lesson such as “seeds,” “help,” “hello,” “love,” “friend,” etc.

Words are tiny things aren’t they? We hardly take time to think about them, yet we use words all day long. We use words to ask for help, telling others what we need, and we use words of friendship to help and encourage others.

We also read and listen to words when we learn new things. We use words to create a story or a poem. We use words to sing songs. These little words are useful and can become something incredibly beautiful.

Words are like seeds. Jesus says, ” …The Kingdom of God is as if a man should cast seed on the earth” (4:26) “and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he doesn’t know how” (4:27).

Seeds that are scattered on the ground grow and we don’t know exactly how that happens. We only know that after some time has passed, seeds in a garden grow into beautiful vegetables and flowers.

Words are like that. We scatter our words around in stories, poems, and songs. We give valuable words to others when the words we use are loving and kind. We don’t always know where our words will grow or when they will grow or how, but the Bible tells us that this is like the kingdom of God.

As we share the words of God’s love, those words grow in others and keep growing and blooming, like a beautiful garden. Scatter your words of love and watch them grow.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan